Disney seems to be on a mission to adapt many of their long-standing animated franchises into live-action. This year saw the release of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh, released to commercial and critical acclaim. We also know that we’ll be getting new live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Mulan just to name a few of the projects in the pipeline. Now, we can add one more to the list.
According to Variety, actress Reese Witherspoon has been tapped to star in a new live-action film project from Walt Disney Pictures entitled Tink, which will follow the exploits of iconic Disney iteration of the fairy Tinker Bell, who made her debut as Peter Pan’s sidekick in that character’s animated film from 1953. To be written by screenwriter Victoria Strouse (Finding Dory), Tink will be produced by Witherspoon and her partner Bruna Papandrea. Plot details are currently unknown, but the newsbreaking piece makes mention of being set within the world of J.M. Barrie’s original novel, with Tinker Bell in full focus as opposed to her traditionally supporting role next to Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael.
Over the last several years, Disney has made their iteration of Tinker Bell an important element of the company’s brand, making her the focus of an entirely new “Disney Fairies” line that stands apart from the typical line of “Disney Princesses.” She even led her own series of direct-to-DVD films set in Pixie Hollow, and Disney Parks also feature a Pixie Hollow location for young guests to interact with Tink and other fairies that are part of the franchise.
It’s not currently known exactly when Tink will go into production, but a casting announcement likely means that it’s not too far off from going in front of cameras. For more on Tink as it takes shape, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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